Youth Intervention Fund

Status Closed
Applications accepted from Social Enterprises? Yes
Maximum grant available £2,500 - £20,000
Deadlines 28 August 2019
Panel decisions expected end of October

Brief Description

Grants available for organisations delivering services to support young people.


How this fund has been created

  • This fund has been jointly created with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), philanthropic giving and Suffolk Community Foundation. By working in partnership this fund will support the needs of young people in Suffolk.

 Funding amounts and term of funding

  • Grants of between £2,500 and £20,000 are available to support the work of voluntary and community groups, charities, Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies.

Conditions of grant funding

  • A grant would not normally exceed 10% of an organisation’s total income. However, some exceptions may be allowed for start-up groups and grassroot organisations. If your organisation falls outside these criteria, please call a Grants Officer before applying.
  • These grants are to support young people (defined as being up to the age of 25 years).
  • This is a countywide programme.
  • Applicants who are currently in receipt of Police and Crime Commissioner funding can apply but only if the application can demonstrate significant differences between the two.

Making an application

Grants are available for those organisations that are delivering services to support young people: –

    • to achieve their potential,
    • improve their skills base, especially when employment opportunities are being maximised,
    • by offering support and signposting to increase life chances,
    • providing preventative services that educate young people i.e. around drugs and alcohol,
    • to improve their mental well-being,
    • that help to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

In addition, the fund is looking for applications from organisations that are:

    • working in partnership/collaboration.
    • working in a specific location as part of a partnership that address the core support services.
    • working with hard to reach groups.
    • filling gaps in services.
    • working with young people who are excluded from “mainstream” school settings.
    • working in the deprived areas of the county.

Priority will be given to those:-

    • that have been developed with young people to meet their needs.
    • are addressing County Lines, gang culture and knife crime.

Outcomes and monitoring

All funding supported must show three clear measurable outcomes which will have to be reported on at the end of the grant funding.

If you are unsure how to describe what the outcomes of your project or intervention will be, as a general rule, think of the phrase ‘as a result of …’ and describe what will be qualitatively or quantitively different as a direct result of your inputs.

A full end-of-grant monitoring report will be expected at the end of the intervention. This will need to include benchmarking of the beneficiaries at the beginning and end of the service, i.e. how were they referred to the service, what difference has been made etc.

Wherever possible, visits to funded organisations will take place and, therefore, please ensure, if successful, that you keep Suffolk Community Foundation up to date with opportunities, with as much notice as possible.

What next?

If you feel that your proposal addresses the criteria of the fund, please complete a grant application form. If you need further help, please contact the Grants Team on 01473 602602.

 What we will not fund?

Please see our general exclusions here.

Research carried out by the University of Suffolk with young people identifies areas they would like to see changes in, for more information please use the links below.

Full report:

Summary report:


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